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Catalog Number 2008.9.47
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup was probably made for Arthur Abercromby, a Scotsman who worked for the Swedish East India Company. Many Scots were active in the Swedish China Trade, and Colin Campbell, a Scottish merchant, was one of the founders of the Swedish East India Company.
Abercromby is known to have traveled to China as the fourth supercargo on the Stockholm, a Swedish East India Company ship that returned to Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1742. This cup may come from one of the "2 ½ tea services with coats of arms" that were part of his private cargo on that voyage.
Year Range from 1740.0
Year Range to 1745.0
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector David Sanctuary Howard Collection of Armorial Porcelain Coffee Cups
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery